Tuesday, March 6, 2007
I giggled a lot during a British comedy "Starter for Ten" with its silly comic moments and quirky dialogues. Despite its charm, this movie falls a little flat and is not able to go beyond its surface to avoid the normal comic formulas.
In "Starter for Ten," Brian Jackson, terrifically played by James McAvoy, is a new college freshman from a small town and becomes a team member to compete in a quiz show called "University Challenge." He seems pretty lucky to get attentions from girls, yet, he has pretty bad luck to win a girl's heart.
James McAvoy is perhaps the only reason to watch this film. How can I forget the way he moves his feet with happiness after he gets a kiss goodbye from the girl he likes? Just recently, he gave a superb performance in "The Last King of Scotland." He is one of the great actors to keep an eye on.
There are many funny lines in the film, very British. But if this film was more original and dug its characters a little deeper, it would have been a better film.
My rating: 6 out of 10.